Malignant Otitis Externa

This is a severe bacterial infection of external auditory canal often caused by an organism called Pseudomonas. This condition specially occurs in patients of diabetes and having low immunity.

The symptoms include ear discharge and severe pain. Sometimes there may be involvement of the seventh cranial nerve (the nerve that controls movement of the face) and fever.

Treatment includes strict control of diabetes, high dose of injectable antibiotics meant to address this notorious bacteria and pain control.

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